[Pharo-dev] Feature request poll

Sean P. DeNigris sean at clipperadams.com
Tue Nov 5 11:53:43 EST 2013


Tudor Girba-2 wrote
> Pharo is Pharo. And we should promote it like that.

It is inherently confusing because originally "Smalltalk" meant "a
language/environment that's continually reinvented every 4 years based on
the knowledge gained by the last iteration". Then, Smalltalk-80 was frozen
and released, and "Smalltalk" was repurposed in the wider world as a
shorthand for Smalltalk-80. So, one would be correct in saying that Pharo is
Smalltalk in the original meaning, as the next iteration after 80 (although
it missed the 4 year target by a bit ha ha). 

But, since the nearly universal understanding of "Smalltalk" is
Smalltalk-80, the "more true" and practical choice is to say that Pharo is
Smalltalk-inspired (i.e. inspired by Smalltalk-80, but clearly not
Smalltalk-80).

HTH.



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